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OTHER FORMS: Langhorne, Longhorn
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 6/10/2016
Meaning & History
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang ‘long’ + horn ‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.
English: nickname from Middle English lang, long ‘long’ + horn ‘horn’, with various possible applications; it could have denoted a horn blower or possibly a cuckhold, or it may have referred to some physical characteristic; there is some suggestion that horn in some names may mean ‘head’ or otherwise ‘phallus’.
Danish: habitational name from Langhorn.
Dutch: nickname for someone with long ears.